Lucas Browne Fails Drug Test

By Robert Ecksel on March 22, 2016
Lucas Browne Fails Drug Test
Browne wrote on Twitter, "I don't understand today's news, and I'm seeking legal advice."

It was an historic win for Browne, the first Aussie to win a heavyweight world title, which may be soon be changed a no-decision…

Lucas Browne says it’s “Total bullshit…I would never take anything to jeopardize my chances of a world title…never touched the shit in my life…I trained hard for this.”

On March 5 at Colosseum Sport Hall in Grozny, Chechnya, Lucas Browne (24-0, 21 KOs), from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, knocked out reigning and defending WBA World heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (34-3-1, 21 KOs), from Hamburg, Germany, by way of Andijan, Uzbekistan, to win the title.

It was an historic win for Browne, the first Australian to win a heavyweight world title, which may be soon be changed to an historic no-decision.

Lucas Browne failed his post-fight drug test and will likely be stripped of the belt.

The Las Vegas-based Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), which conducted the test, confirmed in an email that Browne tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol.

“This letter is to advise you that the ‘A’ sample urine specimen number 2998060 collected from Lucas Browne ... has been analyzed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists and stimulants,” wrote VADA president Dr. Margaret Goodman in an email. “The results of the analysis are as follows: Adverse. Urine specimen contains Clenbuterol.

“Mr. Browne has the right to promptly request analysis of the ‘B’ sample at his expense.”

Clenbuterol has been used by body builders to strip fat and help define muscle. It’s other effects include skeletal muscle growth and a potential rise in the body’s core temperature, which may quicken the metabolism and increase the burning of calories.

Browne is one of three heavyweight titleholders, along with Tyson Fury and Luis Ortiz, participating in a WBA tournament to recognize one world champion. That tournament, at least as conceived, is on hold at the present time.

Browne is dumbfounded at the accusation.

“I don’t understand today’s news,” he tweeted, “and I’m seeking legal advice.”

Ironically, shortly before the doping allegation was made public, Browne was on Twitter answering questions about his recent svelte appearance.

When asked how he did, Browne wrote, “Less junk food.”

Big Daddy’s Statement

“I would like to assure all my fans, the whole of the boxing world and all of Australia that I am not a drug user or drug cheat. The news of this positive test has shocked and devastated me, and I will for fighting for as long as it takes to clear my name.

“Prior to today I had not heard of the drug clenbuterol and had no idea what it was used for. I am now aware that it is essentially a weight-stripping drug, and as a heavyweight boxer the idea of me using it is utterly ridiculous. I am a staunch long-time opponent of any drug use, performance-enhancing or otherwise.

“My team and I were well aware of the many risks involved in going to a place like Chechnya to fight a reigning champion, and believed we had taken sufficient precautions. In addition, it was at our insistence that VADA testing was implemented for this fight.

“I will be in a position to release more details and make further comments in coming days.

“Thank you.”

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  1. Blair 10:02am, 03/27/2016

    The thing I like about Lucas Browne, is that he seems remarkably well spoken and informed for a heavyweight, especially considering his imposing appearance. It seems perculiar then, that he would try to use a limited PED days before the fight. If I were a betting man, I would bet that he indeed has used some sort of PEDs in the past, but is too smart to take them immediately before fighting the biggest fight of his career (especially because they insisted on the VADA testing).

  2. Marat Iakhin 04:32am, 03/25/2016

    ... Chagaev- Wife dont want camera on her at end

  3. No10Count 02:03pm, 03/22/2016

    Agree that most athletes use PEDs
    And allot have been busted for Clenbuterol. Within boxing it has always been those who need to make weight. (Morales) Being a Heavy Weight why would you take it?
    It is bronchodilator. If you do not suffer asthma etc it will not effect you
    greatly.
    It does NOT burn fat. It raises your bodies temperature
    causing increase metabolism which increases fat loss/energy consumption. Again as a heavy weight - you don’t want to be using excess energy just standing there. (shakes - etc)

    I’m not saying he did not take it but
    Clenbuterol is not something you ingest through contaminated meat etc.
    If he did he is an idiot. Korean Ginseng will do the same job. (as far as a raising body temp effecting weight loss)

  4. Eric 06:15am, 03/22/2016

    This guy wanted to strip away useless lard even though he was a heavyweight. He didn’t have to make weight, but I’m sure he needed to drop some pounds of blubber as well. I would be willing to bet that a minimum of 60% of professional MMA fighters and boxers use some to type of PEDs at some point during their careers. MMA female fighter, Holly Holm, definitely looks suspect and I always felt that Tyson looked suspect as well.

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